The Last Namsara

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Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Publisher: HarperTeen
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9780062567987
Pages: 416

Asha is a dragon hunter, a good dragon hunter. Ever since she broke the law and told stories to dragons, which led to nearly all of her city being burned down, Asha has been seeking redemption. Titled Iskari, after the goddess of death, the huntress tracks down the last of the dragons for her father, until one day everything changes. In a dream, she sees the first Namsara, a man who tells her that the Old One has a gift and a task for her. Knowing that the Old One betrayed his people, Asha refuses to serve the traitorous god until the Old One punishes her. As she struggles to complete his tasks, as well as seek out the first dragon, Asha comes to learn more about her history and the religion that her people forsook.

The Last Namsara is a gripping read. Once removed from the story, however, certain literary flaws become evident. While Asha is a strong character with her own issues, she isn’t completely relatable as a character. She is harsh and wild. The plot is unoriginal at times.  While the plot devices are a bit overused, the story is still enjoyable since Ciccarelli has fully immersed the reader into the political and religious issues and history of this world. Ciccarelli initially fails in balancing the reader between suspense and irritation at understanding exactly what all of the rules of this world are, but after awhile it becomes clear and the reader can settle in for an intriguing read.

*Contains moderate violence and mild sexual content.